What Are Male Genital Skin Conditions?

Male genital skin conditions refer to various skin disorders affecting the genital area in men. These conditions can be caused by infections, irritations, or other factors, and are more likely to be experienced by sexually active men or those with weakened immune systems.

Common male genital skin conditions include:

  • Balanitis
  • Genital herpes
  • Genital warts
  • Jock itch
  • Lichen sclerosus
  • Penile yeast infection
  • Psoriasis

Common Male Genital Skin Conditions

The inflammation of the head of the penis, often caused by poor hygiene, irritation, or infection.

A sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus, resulting in painful blisters and sores on and around the genitals.

Small, flesh-coloured growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can appear singly or in clusters on the penis, scrotum, or surrounding areas.

A fungal infection affecting the groin and inner thighs, characterised by red, itchy, and sometimes scaly patches of skin.

A chronic skin condition that causes thin, white patches to form on the penis, which can lead to scarring, itching, and discomfort.

An overgrowth of Candida fungus on the penis, leading to symptoms like itching, redness, and a thick, white discharge.

An autoimmune skin disorder that can affect the genital area, causing itchy or painful red, scaly patches to appear on the penis.

A highly contagious skin infestation caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite, resulting in intense itching, rash, and small, raised bumps in the genital area.


Recognising the symptoms of a male genital skin condition is crucial for timely diagnosis and treatment. Here are common symptoms that you should be aware of:

  • Itching: Persistent or intense itching in the genital area, often accompanied by discomfort
  • Redness: Inflammation or redness of the skin, particularly on or around the penis
  • Rash: A visible rash, which may be patchy, raised, or accompanied by small bumps
  • Discharge: Unusual discharge from the penis, which could be a sign of infection
  • Pain: Pain or discomfort during urination or sexual activity, indicating a possible skin condition


Your dermatologist may use several methods to determine the nature of your condition.

Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination of the affected area, assessing the appearance and characteristics of the symptoms to determine the nature of the condition.

In some cases, your dermatologist may need to perform lab tests for a more definitive diagnosis. This may involve:

  • Taking a swab or scraping of the affected skin to be analysed under a microscope.
  • Collecting a blood sample to test for specific infections, such as herpes or syphilis.

If the diagnosis remains unclear or a more serious condition is suspected, the dermatologist may perform a skin biopsy, which may involve:

  • Removing a small sample of the affected skin under local anaesthesia.
  • Sending the sample to a lab for further analysis to determine the exact cause of the skin condition.

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Treatment Options

Topical Medications

Creams, ointments, or gels applied directly to the affected area, which may contain antifungal, antibacterial, or anti-inflammatory agents to alleviate symptoms.

Oral Medications

Prescribed oral medication, such as antibiotics, antifungal or antiviral drugs, may be necessary for more severe or persistent cases.


Involves freezing and removing genital warts or other growths using liquid nitrogen.

Laser Therapy

Uses a high-intensity laser to remove stubborn or extensive genital warts, or to treat lesions caused by conditions like lichen sclerosus.

Immune-Modulating Medications

Immune-modulating medications, such as topical corticosteroids, may help manage autoimmune-related skin conditions like psoriasis.

Risk Factors

Understanding the risk factors associated with male genital skin conditions can help in taking appropriate preventive measures. Some common risk factors include:

  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Weakened immune system or conditions or medications that suppress the immune system
  • Allergies or sensitive skin
  • History of sexually transmitted infections
  • Use of harsh or irritating personal care products
  • Wearing tight or non-breathable underwear
  • Excessive moisture or sweating in the groin area
  • Uncontrolled diabetes or other underlying health conditions

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Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Rashes on the male genital region can be caused by infections, irritations, allergies, autoimmune disorders, or other factors, depending on the specific skin condition.

    Genital dermatitis can often be managed and its symptoms alleviated through appropriate treatment, such as topical corticosteroids or avoiding irritants, but it may recur or persist in some cases.

    Petroleum jelly is not recommended for treating jock itch, as it can trap moisture and worsen the condition. Antifungal creams or oral medications prescribed by your dermatologist are more appropriate treatments.

    Signs of fungal infections in men may include itching, redness, rash, scaling or flaking skin, and sometimes an unpleasant odour, depending on the specific fungal infection.

    Fungal infection in the male genital region can be caused by an overgrowth of naturally occurring fungi, usually triggered by factors such as excessive moisture, poor hygiene, tight clothing, or a weakened immune system.